5 Places to Visit in Arizona
Arizona is located in the southwest of the United States and is home to the desert, the endangered Saguaro Cactus, the Grand Canyon, and approximately 7.016 million people. As part of a series on traveling the United States, UMade has come up with 5 must-see places to visit in Arizona.
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1. Grand Canyon
Mentioned above, the Grand Canyon’s beauty is best seen in northern Arizona where the Colorado River flows below. The natural landmark was created by erosion from the Colorado River over the course of 5-6 million years. While there, visitors can head to the Grand Canyon Skywalk where a glass U-shaped walkway will hold them suspended over the depths of the Canyon below! Helicopter tours and other day trips within the area are available for more adventurous day-trips.
2. Camelback Mountain
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Camelback Mountain offers amazing views of the surrounding land - if you can make it to the top! The mountain which resembles the hump of a camel has two trails to scale the 1,200-foot elevation. Make sure to bring plenty of water to this popular attraction to stay hydrated on your hike.
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3. Jerome, Arizona
Located in central Arizona, Jerome is a once-bustling mining town coined “the largest ghost town in America.” The Historic District is home to Gold King Mine and Ghost Town, a tourist attraction where you can walk in an old mine shaft, and experience old-mining equipment firsthand. If you want to feel like you’re living straight out of Westworld, Jerome is the place for you! Other attractions include the historic buildings reminiscent of the late 1800’s, a haunted tour, and the Sliding Jail which now rests at a location 2,500 feet away from the original building point.
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4. Havasupai Falls
Havasupai Indian Reservation is full of natural waterfalls including Havasu Falls, and Beaver Falls (pictured above). A day out in the wilderness and a trek through the trails will lead you to picturesque waterfalls that you’ll dream of for years to come. This attraction is both a physical challenge and a spiritual experience enjoying the earth’s natural beauty.
5. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is located on the border of Arizona and Nevada where it holds the Colorado River at bay in Black Canyon. The large concrete mass rises 726 feet above the canyon floor and includes a power plant. The dam is open for tours to the public, where you can see the interior of this large structure and the elaborate interior designed to pay tribute to the Native American tribes of the region.
Whether you visit Arizona to see the natural landmarks, or to see the historic towns and masterfully constructed pieces of architecture, Arizona is a state that you won’t be able to get enough of!
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